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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1973-09-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1973-09-07

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Looks Like Rain, Deal, El Paso, Bird Song, Playin' In The Band Here Comes Sunshine, Me & My Uncle, Loser, Let It Grow-> Stella Blue, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Eyes Of The World-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Around & Around

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source Soundboard with audience patches
Lineage SBD>MR>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN; patched with AUD>MC>D>CD>EAC>SHN


patched with AUD>MC>D>CD>EAC>SHN;
sourced from previous seeds


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2017
Subject: Eyes of the Wolf

Jer's 1st night playing Wolf. More consistent than the other tour notable, 10/19, but without all the unusual peaks. Typical of the 9/73 tour (which is best saved for after the Nov>Dec '73 tour) plus a great Eyes.

First Set. Promised Land is spent getting levels right and the AUD is better than the SBD (need matrix!). Jer drops out of the mix momentarily in Mexicali but it's the first spark - in fact Jer is astonishing. There are so many likewise versions of They Love Each Other in '73, but this is up there. The rest is average-to-great (El Paso), until the way out-of-tune Playin', with startling Donnaskreech™.

Second Set. Here Comes Sunshine doesn't start as one of the era's best, but improves. Jer is amazing on M&MU (Bobby plays it in the '73 style with the bottle/jaw). The rest is average through the first-ever Let it Grow, which Bobby had just recorded for the soon-to-be released Wake of the Flood. Though he had briefly played Weather Report live, he starts it from a break (the complete suite premiered the next night). Not solid yet but check the great tranny into Stella. The Other One is a jam sans lyrics, but the set (if not the show) is known for the Eyes. Jer wants to jam and keeps hitting more measures for a 19min version that's not the most inventive of late '73 (like, say 10/19, 11/14, 11/17 11/30) but an argument is valid for the ensemble playing and fortitude flow. Billy speeds the tempo - not a bad thing. Unfortunately, the bonus track on Wake has two edits, with an inexplicable 14sec cut (@8:00) and a 1:30 cut @12:32 (@12:48 on cotsman) - plus, for no apparent reason, an early fade. Sugar Magnolia wasn't meant for posterity but Jer is in his element for Around & Around.

1st Set:  B-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ stars

Mexicali Blues - Jer is astonishing
They Love Each Other - not the best '73 but up there
El Paso - very solid
Me & My Uncle - Jer amazing
Eyes of the World - great exploratory jam

SOURCES: The cotsman has perfect AUD patches and the iffy balance in places is easily corrected. The goodbear is the same source. There's a surprisingly good AUD (a Jerry Moore), though it needs pitch correction. A matrix would be nice for this one. Eyes is a bonus on Wake of the Flood, but is missing two sections.
Reviewer: darazn1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2016
Subject: Wolf's Debut
I do believe that this is the first Grateful Dead show where Jerry played his brand new Wolf guitar.
Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2015
Subject: keth B-3 ??
me thinks not a b-3. But the Moog(3?). i dont have the 'gear book' but it might shed light.

If you wan to hear Keith play a REAl organ live check out the Minneapolis (i believe) show from the following month where Kieth did in fact play a real organ (not B-3) it was I believe the 'house organ' from the venue. Its an interesting show because of that and lots of crowd issues which ended up shortening the show. It was actually advertised as 3 sets of the GRateful dead but ended up amedended to 2.
Reviewer: joker13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2015
Subject: Playin'
If for no other reason this show needs to be heard for the Playin'. While there are other versions that are more intense and trippy, I have not heard another version with such sensitivity in the interweaving interplay. While Jerry's lead blisters as usual, Bobby quiet noodling is as deserving of attention. There is a part when Phil takes a quiet lead and the others follow in suit. The whole while Kieth adds the melting backdrop that Bill keeps together. As others have noted, there is something special about this Playin'.
Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2015
Subject: Nice Tour Opener
Just a little rust but solid. Highlights: Eyes Of The World
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2014
There's some great energy flowing from the stage right off the bat. The mix settles down pretty quickly with Jerry and Bobby neck and neck, and the bass and Bill's kick drum sounding especially deep and dirty.

Bob's got the gain cranked on his guitar and the distortion, along with the occasional flange, is just lovely -- the perfect amount of mud to accompany Jerry's relatively clean rivers.

The relatively lackluster Row Jimmy is something of a disappointment after an amazingly strong beginning. But the Bird Song more than makes up for that -- one of the finest in a year with a surplus of fine versions. Every member of the band is on fire here. When Garcia starts reaching for the higher frequencies, Weir starts bringing on the funk and before you know it you're up there in the treetops with them. It's almost impossible to imagine what could exceed that except for the Playin' which follows and which includes even more intense interplay between the musicians. Somewhere around 7:00, after Jerry turns his wah off, they begin drifting into a slow but relentlessly evolving jam that burns like a perfect J for a solid 5 minutes or so before they cool it down, Jerry hits his wah pedal again, and glide into the reprise. Not sure I've ever heard the likes of this "slow and relentless" jam. It's good.

And then a great Here Comes Sunshine where Jerry just lets Keith and Bobby do their thing while he strums away or plays in the background.

What a setlist, right -- at least on paper? Then it's back to the reliable dead/downer cowboy stuff for a couple tunes, after which the stops get pulled out.

Bob belts out this (first ever) Let it Grow like he means it but the jam is pure Dark Star. At around 10:00 Jerry and Bob get into an intricate rapid-fire dialog, Billy responds in kind, but instead of returning back to the Let it Grow refrain they transition naturally into a perfect Stella Blue (Weir's playing is unreal here and, once again, he and Keith get locked into some amazing grooves).

And it only gets better. Pity the B-3 (?) organ didn't get played more often. It's occasionally evocative of some interstellar Rick Wright bleepage from around that same time (or earlier).

As other commenters have noted, this show does have an epic quality about it. You'll think that it can't possibly get better and then ...
Reviewer: quinn_76! - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2014
Subject: The Wolf makes his first attack.
On this night, the boys didn't hit their stride until the first set closer. Indeed, this Playin' seems to be the best kept secret of this show. While not the best of year, this version seemingly deserves more acknowledgement and praise. The second set--as usual--offers up more ear candy for the takin'. The HCS is marvelous, with Jerry cascading jazzy licks from his "wolf" (the grand debut, btw) for the Nassau crowd to digest. Later comes the Truckin'->Drums->Other One Jam->Eyes segue that caps off this evening in fine fashion. Jerry seems to be playing with extra octane for this Eyes, making it the touchstone piece of the evening, with the 7/8 signature outro jam ("the coda") being particularly well executed. Around the 17:04 mark Jerry hits a note, and really milks it for what its worth, sustaining it in a way for which I’ve never heard him offer before or since. Indeed, this version of Eyes belongs in the top five for the year, imho. As a whole, this show is arguably trumped by the next night, but the aforementioned highlights are worth adding to one's 1973 collection.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2013
Subject: Keith never played organ live, but is he here?
This show is totally unique if that is actually Keith playing B3 Organ during Truckin' (Starting at 10:40). His '73 Rhodes electric piano is clearly audible on a few of the tracks, like Eyes of the World, but that is definitely a B3 on Truckin', not the Rhodes. Interesting!

As for the show itself, it is classic summer/fall '73. This version of Eyes has always been a favorite. The band is not as tight as they would be later in the tour, especially during the jazzy breakdowns at the end, but Jerry's solo is just pure the whole way though. The transition into Sugar Magnolia is great (beware the Bobby and Donna screamfest at the end).
Reviewer: deadmax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2011
Subject: EOTW
Who calls it that?

I thought the LIG was tight and well played. Started off kind of iffy but progressed into a well-defined song.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2011
Subject: first ever
Let It Grow - a bit tentative in spots, the jam sort of peters out towards the end. there is some beautiful playing, but jerry seems to be learning on the fly and there's lots of clams.

rest of show is a bit sloppy too; they were coming off a month break and it shows.

fortunately they make up for it with some hot jamming throughout, and like others have said the EOTW is one of the best ever. pretty solid stuff but the next night (9/8) is miles ahead of this...
Reviewer: deadheaddave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2009
Subject: What?
This show is sick. I don't mean the sniffles either, this show needs an antibiotic. I don't know if Jerry debuted Wolf at this gig or not but he rips that thing a new one on this date. Some of the most exploratory and lucid playing I have ever heard him do, and I have been listening for 30 years. I literally laughed out loud listening to the jam out of eyes. Absolutely riduculous. The whole show has Jerry in top form. The band sounds incredible throughout however, one of the best shows that I have ever heard, although I have not dipped into '73 in a while, even so, I have listened to a lifetime amount of hours of Dead, and this ranks as the best I have ever heard, hands down. Sickleberry. The recording is wonderful with perfect balance of bass, drums, and guitar. Make sure if you try this one to listen to the whole thing. Is has the classic Dead feature of just getting more epic as it progresses. Astounding.
Reviewer: GlenWatkins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: I remember this show.
This was my second dead show, and first time I was on the floor in front of the stage. Hardly packed at all - lots of moving around room. I remember there being some weird looks between Jerry and Bobby, especially at the end. It was clear Jerry wanted to play longer, but Bobby wanted to end the show. Jerry stood behind Bobby doing an impression of his head bob move - pretty funny.

The sound was good in the room, especially Phil.
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2007
Subject: another '73 gem
Yes, the Dr. is correct about the B-3, as it's pretty clearly heard on several songs actually.
As far as the performance quality of this show, there seem to be a few miscues on songs. Birdsong & PITB are both executed well enough, but there are a couple instances in both songs where Jerry seems a little lost. I found this also be the same during Here Comes Sunshine---it sounds like Bob's playing, or maybe it's Keith's B-3 actually, it's kinda hard to discern, sounds like a tape recording that's being eaten by the tape player---but everyone else's instruments sound just fine. Give it a listen & you'll hear what I mean. Loser sounds great though, and this being one of my fav's that's a good thing.

Other than that, the show as a whole is worth the listen---it '73 after all. 3 Stars---now that's in 1973 stars.
Reviewer: Bird Creek, Alaska - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2006
Subject: 9-7-73
Listen to the Dr. Eyes of the World checks out with 20/20 vision.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2005
Subject: Don't Miss This!
These two nights at Nassau were the first of the fall tour, and worth having because they're the
only shows of September without the horns. I mean,
I like horns with the Dead, but EVERY show? On the
other hand, some of the September shows I've heard
sound pretty fine playing-wise. 9/11 and 9/21 can
be recommended.
This show was a new discovery for me. The song list looked auspicious, and I wasn't disappointed. The first set is fairly standard
for 73, but the Bird Song and Playin closing ends
on a peak of energy.
The second set is packed with jams, and breaks out of the gate with HC Sunshine. The first Let it Grow is premiered, with a hot Truckin where Jerry
just leaps into an Other One jam right after the verse, and listen carefully- that's Keith on
organ! A B-3 I believe.
Then a short but exciting version of The Other One
follows the Drums, with Phil at the front of the train. But the star here is the 18 minute Eyes -
where Jerry seems to never run out of ideas. The
long jam section just washes over you like a mountain stream, with screaming leads from Garcia
and focused, high energy rhythmic backup from
Phil and Keith. The minor key 8 bar sections really sparkle. The Slipknot theme is teased by
Phil, but Jerry just turns the jam around until he's ready. Then at 14:00, the Slipknot emerges for real. What a tone Jerry pulls out of that Gibson here - singing way up into the stratosphere!
An almost country-flavored Sugar Mag closes, with
a slower tempo and lots of twang from Jerry.
A solid 3 stars - only less than great, but still a very good show. One to pull out when you're tired of your usual great 73 collection.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: hitmeister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2005
Subject: Eyes of the World
There's a lot of sloppiness throughout this show along with some nice moments, but don't leave home without Disc 3. The jam at the end of Eyes of the World is truly insane. If you're a fan of those pre-hiatus versions of Eyes, you need this.

Three stars for most of the show, five stars for Disc 3.
Reviewer: Marcus T - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: Best Eyes of '73?
This is an awesome show and the TOO Jam > Eyes has to rate as one of the finest 25 min of GD music ever. Pass this show up at your own peril!
Reviewer: Marcus T - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: Best Eyes of '73?
This is an awesome show and the TOO Jam > Eyes has to rate as one of the finest 25 min of GD music ever. Pass this show up at your own peril!
Reviewer: bubba z - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2004
Subject: Good sound...
What can ya say, its 1973. Ive never heard a bad one.
Very tight performance and great sound. Kieths keyboard tone is notable in some spots.Never realized the first ever Let It Grow.
Reviewer: boggleddrifter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2004
Subject: cool
I havent heard this set but i thought it would be a good note that this is the first performance of Let it Grow. Hopefully the show does the song justice
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